Young Children’s Center for the Arts

YCCA, located in Philadelphia, is a creative arts EARLY CHILDHOOD center for preschool children.

Young Children’s Center for the Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed, nonsectarian childcare facility that has served the needs of more than 5,000 people in our Philadelphia community since 1987. Our diverse population represents children from every neighborhood throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

Join us for an Open House at YCCA- 929 S. Water St on June 13th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Email to RSVP.

2023-2024 School Calendar

2024-2025 School Calendar

Please click here to view our virtual tour of YCCA!

Please click here to view our virtual tour of YCCAon2!

YCCAon2 is now available for all of your party rental needs!  For more information, please email


  • Enrich the lives of children from twelve months through kindergarten through participation in the creative and fine arts. We accomplish this by:
  • Providing a structured creative arts curriculum within an enhanced daycare environment.
  • Children’s motor, language, emotional and cognitive skills are developed through music, art and movement.
    Each time ideas are presented through a different art form, learning becomes reinforced, and children’s expressive abilities are enhanced.

Young Children’s Center for the Arts is one of the few preschool programs in our area that not only accepts, but embraces, children with pervasive developmental disabilities in an inclusion program.

YCCA offers both full-time and part-time preschool programs.

YCCA and YCCAon2 follow the PA Department of Human Services regulations.



2023-2024 School Year

We are now full for the 2023-2024 school year.  We are currently accepting application for the 2024-2025 waiting list.  We will alert everyone in January of 2024 to the status of your application.  Please click the “Apply Now” button on the top left of this page to apply.


Summer Camp 2024

YCCA and YCCAon2 summer camp enrollment is now open!  Summer camp will run from July 8th-August 23rd.  We take children from 12 months-5 years old.  You must sign up for a minimum of 3 days per week, 7 hours per day (8:30-3:30).  Our camp program is very similar to our school program, all children get music therapy, art, movement, outside play in our sprinklers, snack and free play.  Our tuition rates can be found here.  To apply, please use this link.  For any questions, please email Molly at

“YCCA” is a nonsectarian preschool and daycare center, housed on the property of historic Old Swedes Church at Water & Christian streets and 1714 South 2nd street “YCCAon2.”